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Effective March 30, 2009: The Air Force has established a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Web site for submitting requests online to the Requester Service Centers (RSC). Click on the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL):
Once there, we recommend you review all the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide information and guidance.
tabWhat is the FOIA? 
The Freedom of Information Act Program (DODR 5400.7) allows the general public including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, to request records electronically or in writing from the Federal Government. Some records are released to the public under the FOIA, and may therefore reflect deletion of some informaiton in accordance with the POIA's nine statutory exemptions or two law enforcement record exclusions. A consolidated list of such records is on Defense Link and the U.S. Air Force FOIA Reading Room. Currently the law allows 20 working days to process a FOIA request upon receipt of the request in the FOIA office.
tabWho can submit a FOIA request? 
Members of the public, including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, organizations and businesses, and individual members of the Congress for themselves or constituents, may request records in writing. It is important to remember that the Freedom of Information Act applies only to federal agencies. It does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, state or local government agencies, or by private businesses or individuals. Each state has its own public access laws that should by consulted for access to state and local records.
tabWhat are the fees for processing a FOIA request? 
Fees are assessed depending on which group the request falls into:

Category 1: Commercial. Requesters pay all search, review, and duplication.

Category 2: Educational or Noncommercial Scientific Institution or News Media. Requesters get the first 100 copies free and pay for additional copies.

Category 3: Others. Requesters get the first two hours of search and the first 100 copies free.
tabRelease of E-mail Addresses 
Air Force policy is to deny requests for lists of e-mail addresses (both personal and organizational) using FOIA exemption (b)(6). We rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses. High (b)(2) is no longer to be used to protect internal information, the disclosure of which would risk circumvention of a statute or agency regulation. Because DoD e-mail systems are to be used only for official and authorized purposes, the addresses are considered primarily internal. The regulations at issue that could be circumvented include DoD and AF regulations that require us to limit use of e-mail to authorized purposes, and to protect the security of your computer and information systems. Exemption (b)(6) protects information that if released would permit a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. This does not prohibit an organization from including a single e-mail address on a Web page in correspondence.
tabHow to make a FOIA request 
If you want to submit a FOIA inquiry, send a written request to the FOIA office where the record is located, describe the records you want as specifically as possible and your willingness to pay any applicable fees. Provide as many facts about the requested documents as possible, e.g., the time, place, persons, events, subjects, or other details of the information you want. That will help us decide where to search and determine what records pertain to your request. There is no special form to complete. You may mail it, hand-carry it or send it electronically.

To submit an Electronic FOIA request or receive inquiries to your FOIA request contact the Requester Service Center at:

For written request at Malmstrom AFB, mail to:
FOIA Office
30 73rd Street North
Malmstrom AFB MT 59402-7513 
Phone: 406 731-3235
Fax: 406 731-3039
tabAdditional FOIA Resources 
If you are not satisfied with the response from Malmstrom's FOIA Requester Service Center, please contact:

Phone: 318-456-7165
Fax: 318-456-5662

You may also contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison at:

Phone: 703 696-6487
Fax: 703 696-4421

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341st Missile Wing Public Affairs Office
21 77th Street N.
Bldg. 500, Rm 151A
Malmstrom AFB, MT

For any need basewide:
Operator: (406) 731-1110
For media or public outreach needs:
PA Office: (406) 731-4050

A 24-hour on-call PA representative can be reached through the 341 MW Command Post at (406) 731-3801.

To send a request for medical records or fax records to the clinic, please use (406) 731-2759.
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